Riverside-Brookfield High School’s mission statement hasn’t changed for nearly 28 years, but next week, the District 208 school board is set to adopt a new mission statement.
However, before the board approves its new mission statement, which it posted on its website, at its April 27 meeting, it seeks community input. The school board is seeking feedback and suggestions from the community, asking residents to complete an online form, which can be found here, before approving the new mission statement.
The proposed mission statement is very similar to the existing one, which was adopted in 1993, but adds the words innovation and achievement as well as priority.
“At Riverside-Brookfield High School, we value character as well as achievement,” says the proposed mission statement. “A partnership of students, parents, teachers, administrators and taxpayers committed to excellence and innovation in education, we provide rigorous and balanced education for academic, artistic, athletic growth. , socio-emotional and civic of each student. Graduates are well equipped to be responsible members of a diverse and ever-changing world.
Last year, before the COVID 19 pandemic hit, the board decided to redo the school’s mission statement as part of a limited strategic planning process.
“There was a consensus within the board, pretty much everyone, that it was time to rethink it, refresh it, if you will,” said Tom Jacobs, board member. , who led the development and writing of the new mission statement.
During this pandemic year, redesigning the mission statement naturally took precedence over operating a school during a pandemic. In recent months, however, the board has debated the proposed statements and drafted a final draft.
The challenges the school faced during the pandemic underscored the need for innovation, Jacobs said.
“This crisis, if you will, exposed the strengths and weaknesses of the school like nothing else,” Jacobs said.
At its meeting on April 13, the school board discussed the advisability of including the word “athletic” in the mission statement and decided to add the words “socio-emotional” and “civic” to the domains. growth that the school intends to promote.
Since the mission statement has been in the works for months, the consensus of the board is for the current board to adopt the statement before two new board members, Lorena Gasca and Ryan VenHorst, sit on the board. next month.
Gasca and VenHorst say they have no problem with the current board adopting the mission statement.
“It’s the job they’ve been doing for a year. I think there have been enough opportunities for community members to contribute, ”said Gasca. “I saw it, I think it’s good.”